THE FAITH SERIES:5
THREE INGREDIENTS OF FAITH: GOD IS A REWARDER
But without faith it is impossible to please Him: for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him. (Hebrews 11:6 KJV)
In Capsule 34 we started with the first of the three ingredients of faith 'when you come to God, you must believe that He is'. I took time to explain that there is no point coming to God if you don't have an irrefutable belief in both His person and integrity. As important as this step is it is not enough. In fact it won't get you much because that is what 'religion' preaches. Even demons believe that God exist. 'Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble (James 2:19 KJV). This is probably one of the greatest put down in the word of God.
STEP 2 (Second Ingredient)
'.............for he that cometh to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder....(Hebrews 11:6 in part KJV)
The second ingredient says when you come to God you do not only believe that He is, but also believe that He is a rewarder. This is the most crucial and delicate step, it goes deep into what the nature of who God is, His whole essence.....LOVE. This is where 'religion is completely different from Christianity'. There is a yearning in the heart of God, all His actions are expressed through love. See John 3:16, God loved the world so much that the way He expressed it was to give the best He had. Not only is God all powerful, the unique thing is His willingness to put it at your disposal, but your level of expectation is what limits Him (Ephesians 3:20).
This step is the one I regard as the most crucial , it seems to me the most difficult for majority of us to grasp. Somehow religion has robbed us of the joy of this step. We tend to act as if we need to beg and plead with God in order to earn His reward. We do not have any doubt that God is able to do what He has promised, the struggle we have is 'WILL HE DO IT FOR ME?'. This is usually more evident in cases where physical manifestation is needed like healing. Let's take our salvation for example, when we come to God and confess Christ as Lord, virtually everybody I know believed that God wiped away their sin subsequently and they are saved. We then expect the dividends of salvation to follow. The only reason for this, is that we believed that 'he that comes to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder...' Do you see my point? The same way when you come to God for healing , deliverance from demonic oppression or poverty , you must believe that He is a rewarder. (Colossians 2:6,7). This sounds simple, but it truly is, although it is not easy because religion wars against our mind. We keep asking ourselves 'have I done enough to merit it?' Think about it for a minute, if salvation which is the greatest miracle you will ever experience can be straight forward why should healing or deliverance be more difficulty?
Having the attitude that 'God is a rewarder' is important because it speaks of your expectation and also helps you to retain the manifestation of what you are expecting. The reason why some Christians pray and don't get the result they desire is because they are not sure of what they are expecting in the first instance. Let me put it this way, 'it is less than useless to pray if you are not expecting an answer (reward)' 1John 5:14-15, Matthews 7:7-9.
Lastly, you must not fall into the trap of thinking that somehow you've earned it, you need to constantly remind yourself that it is the faithfulness and grace of God (Romans 11:6). The joy of this is that it frees you from any condemnation and burden of performance. This helps to build and boost your confidence to walking in faith.
FAITH IS NOT GOD CAN OR EVEN GOD WILL, BUT GOD HAS DONE IT!!!
We will look at the third ingredient of faith in Capsule 36, don't go away.